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BooksMcD

BooksMcD

Joined May 2016

Reading, Singing, Crocheting, Laughing, Dog Mom, Statistician/Analyst, Lego Enthusiast https://shelfassessment.home.blog
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The Shining by Stephen King
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The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
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Hittin a wall in the middle of the readathon. Hoping my fave pals in Harry Potter will help me get my second wind! 👓⚡️#24Hour #Readathon

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Eye of the World | Robert Jordan
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Delicious din din and listening to #TheEyeoftheWorld

🥪 Turkey clubs and black bean soup 😋 #yumyum

#24Hour #Readathon

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The Shining | Stephen King
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The Shining is so addictive it‘s scary! 🍁☠️🎃👻

#24Hour #Readathon

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#TheTalesofBeedleTheBard
#24Hour #Readathon

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This morning for the #24Hour #Readathon I‘m attempting to finished the illustrated edition of The Tales of Beedle the Bard which I was already halfway through. Lovely style of artwork by Lisbeth Zwerger that is a joy to read through 💙📚

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I love the illustrated editions so far. My favorite pictures are images we haven‘t seen from the movies or pictures from notes and textbooks. I guess that makes sense since I‘m a Ravenclaw! 💙📚

audraelizabeth You would probably love the website hogwartsishere. Its like going to hogwarts, classes and all. 1mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I need more time to absorb what this book shared about family, memory, and guilt. The third part where Westover grapples with the meaning of each is so interesting I wish it was longer. Her struggle with her family is both sad and hopeful, and for her to unfold these struggles before our eyes in this memoir, regardless of vulnerability, is extremely generous and compassionate toward others she seems to recognize may be struggling through the same.

rather_be_reading i definitely agree needing time to absorb this! 4w
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The Seclusion | Jacqui Castle
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Brave New World, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Slaughterhouse Five: Commentary on societal demise isn‘t new, but The Seclusion nods to the classics while discussing right now. This genre is my favorite so perhaps I‘m biased, but I loved this book.

The beginning is rich with detail that dissipates a bit as the author moves the plot to get to an end point, but I would‘ve happily read an additional 200 pgs for more detail! Eagerly awaiting a second book!

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You know, I‘d be okay with more adult literature containing illustrations. It makes me more engaged!This is Harry Potter so technically for a younger audience and I‘d be engaged regardless, but why do illustrated texts seem to stop when we grow up???

Random list of books I want illustrated:
The Snow Child
The Earthsea Cycle
LOTR but that probably exists already
Shadow of the Wind/Everything by Zafón

What text would you like to see illustrated?

bookandbedandtea That's a great idea! I'd enjoy illustrated versions of Redshirts by John Scalzi, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, and Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal. 4mo
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West Cork | Sam Bungey
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I was hoping for the Irish version of Serial and this just didn't deliver. There was a lot of coverage about the original murder, accusations, and suspects. I thought the more interesting bit, Ian Bailey finally facing trial, received far less coverage. Maybe they'll release a followup covering the trial? I would still listen to a sequel reviewing the modern events of this case even though I didn't quite enjoy this synopsis of the initial events.

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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Unfortunately there isn't enough here to justify an entire book. Frazer Douglas is an excellent narrator for the audiobook, but in the end I didn't care and wanted it to be over. Torn between a historical fiction about Achilles or a strong romance novel, this book should've leaned more in either direction. Toeing the line between those was safe, boring, and a bit money-grabbing. Using both genres reaches more buyers, but the book is worse for it.

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Thanks to @ShyBookOwl for being my 300th follower and to everyone on here for the continued #LitsyLove! In honor of all this awesomeness I promise to put this darn blanket down and actually read a bit today! ❤️

ShyBookOwl My pleasure and congrats! This is my favourite thing about audiobooks, NOT having to put down my crochet projects 😉 (side note, I'm so annoyed that there is no yarn emoji!) 7mo
BooksMcD @ShyBookOwl I‘m not sure what kind of phone you have or if you‘ll be able to see this but when I downloaded the latest software on my iPhone there was a yarn emoji! 🧶 Just a little orange ball of yarn but still cute! 7mo
ShyBookOwl @BooksMcD oh wow! I can't see it on my Samsung 😥 hopefully I get it soon! 7mo
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Does this count as reading??? 😂😭😂😭
Why is there never enough time in the day?

Currently working through this crochet sampler blanket and making a blue, green, and tan one for friends and making this more Irish color combo for myself! If I ever finish that is! 💚🇮🇪🧶

RealLifeReading Ooh a sampler blanket! 7mo
Johanna414 It counts as reading if you listen to an audiobook while you work! 😜 7mo
BooksMcD @Johanna414 I usually do that! Some of these patterns are a bit tricky for me though so I find myself turning off the audiobook to think! 7mo
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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I‘m still not reading nearly enough lately, but I‘ve been enjoying listening to this during my long drives to choir on Thursdays! The narrator, Frazer Douglas, has a fantastic voice and the story is intriguing so far even though I know how it must end.

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I‘ve been sick for 2 months. 😷 Went to the doc who told me it was a virus I had to ride out. They gave me meds to ease symptoms, but the sick cycle just kept starting over. Finished my first round of meds when the sick cycle began for the 3rd time. Went back to a different doc and they armed me with a ton of new meds. Just 3 days in and I can breathe! 🌺

Now I just want my life to get back to normal which includes Harry Potter of course! 💙👓⚡️

TheLibrarian I hope you start feeling better soon. 8mo
BooksMcD @TheLibrarian Thank you! I‘m already feeling much better so hopefully this last set of meds fixes me up! 8mo
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Silmarillion | J R R Tolkien
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Every time I pick this up someone warns me against it. I finally decided to see for myself by listening and reading at the same time to help me with numerous pronunciations which will help me remember more in the end! 🎧📚

I‘ve just read the foreword and preface of this book, which weren‘t included in the audiobook, and was excited to learn some of the mythos of this world! I think I will enjoy what this book has in store! 💚

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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Although I rated this book 4/5 stars on Goodreads many years ago, upon finishing the audiobook I have to increase my rating! This book is superb and manipulates language until it becomes art.

With a gothic feel, a gruesome story within a story, and a cast full of intriguing characters, the fantastic dual narrators maintained the tone experienced while reading and even helped clarify muddier areas.

I can‘t recommend this book highly enough.

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I got my husband to listen to Harry Potter! ❤️👓⚡️ He‘s seen all the movies, but he‘s not a big reader.

So I clearly and concisely explained the superiority of the books and the vast book/movie differences (rambled in straight monologue for 4 hours). Then I presented the audio as a way for him to try the books and for us to spend time together and he agreed (had no choice)! 😜😂 Almost done with book two! Can‘t wait for him to hear more! 💙📚

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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When you have a long road trip coming up and you start packing! 🚗🚙🚐📚📚📚😂😂😂

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The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel | Diane Setterfield
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I read this book so long ago I forgot what happens, but my Goodreads rating is 4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I MUST remember why I loved it so much before so I‘m absorbing this story again through audiobook. Love the narrators so far! 💙📚❤️📚💚

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The Seclusion | Jacqui Castle
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After a nice day of crocheting at the library with friends, where one of my friends gifted me with some awesome Harry Potter coasters, it‘s time to relax with a good book and weaving in some ends. 🧶

Did I say relax? I meant freak out over these stupid crochet patches and what‘s going to happen to the characters in the book! 😂😂😂

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Miracles on Maple Hill | Virginia Eggertsen Sorensen, Virginia Sorensen
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Another required read from my grade school days. An interesting book with plenty to teach about tapping maple trees for syrup! 🍁 It is also a useful tool for discussing various life lessons: death, the trials of war, avoiding judgement, thinking before speaking, everyday miracles, and living in the moment.

I highly recommend the full cast audio book as a way to absorb this story. It‘d be a lovely way for a family to enjoy this book together.

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Two of my favorite places to visit! 💚🍀

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The House of Dies Drear | Virginia Hamilton
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This was required reading when I was in grade school and I wanted to revisit it to see what I thought today. The ending feels slightly rushed and not as eerily dramatic as the rest, but I loved rediscovering the themes and history involved in this book. A well-paced read that doubles as an excellent educational tool for all ages!

Just a note: To fully experience this book I also recommend reading up on the history of author Virginia Hamilton!

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I love the illustrations in this book and how the words in the images foreshadow so delicately. Clever! 💙

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Went back to work after the furlough and immediately got sick. 😷 Guess I‘m allergic to work! 😜 It‘s amazing how being sick can throw you off your game! Channeling my inner Mary Poppins and trying this app #Habitica which makes daily tasks and big projects feel like a game. Hopefully this‘ll help me get back on track with everything, reading included! I am very behind if I want to meet my reading goal this year 😮 #Ifeeltheneed #theneedtoread

rather_be_reading your mug is so cool!! 9mo
BooksMcD @rather_be_reading Thanks! Have you ever been to Voodoo doughnuts? They are sooooo good! 🍩 9mo
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“...for it will not go out of my mind that if we pass this post and lantern either we shall find strange adventures or else some great change of our fortunes.” ~The Chronicles of Narnia

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The Seclusion | Jacqui Castle
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As a furloughed federal employee, this book hits way too close to home right now. I can‘t help thinking this is the future that awaits a society willing to wall themselves off to the outside world under the guise of ‘protection‘. I‘m only a third through, but so far this book is an interesting mix of Fahrenheit 451, 1984, and Young Adult Dystopian. I‘m curious to continue but also scared to complete this one!
#Yikes #TooCloseForComfort

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Eye of the World | Robert Jordan
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I‘m back! I fell off the Litsy wagon last year. I got married which was so much to plan! Then in the 2 weeks after marrying we traveled to Pittsburgh for Christmas, I got furloughed, we watched a friend‘s dogs, and then our dog had a seizure. A hectic end to the year and reading wasn‘t on my radar at all. Now my doggo is better, we‘re making it through the furlough as best we can, and I‘m finally ready to start reading again! I‘ve missed this!

Texreader Whoa! It has been crazy for you! So good to have you back!! 10mo
Smrloomis Welcome back! Nice to have you back! 10mo
TrishB Welcome back 🙋‍♀️ 10mo
LauraBeth Welcome back! Sounds like you‘ve been busy! 10mo
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A story reminiscent of The 400 Blows by director François Truffaut, an excellent example of tailoring situations to fit personal agendas whether conscious of it or not and systems that fail the most vulnerable. Required reading when I was younger and I understand why now.

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I love getting a new set of Harry Potter books with different covers! Time to start all over again at the very beginning ⚡️👓⚡️

BooksMcD Whoops. I‘m definitely not reading the Irish edition. I must have clicked that by mistake! 1y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Reading the tagline Are you happy with your life?, I thought I was getting It‘s a Wonderful Life meets Saw or some plot where characters realize what they‘ve had all along and fight for their lives back.

I loved seeing that tired plot go a new direction. Jason Dessen does fight for his life, but through multiple parallel universes culminating in a battle of wits against himself. Could you defeat yourself?

A quick, action-packed read!

Ddzmini How did you like the ending 😳 1y
BooksMcD @Ddzmini Honestly I think it was really the only way it could go. Things get messy when you write about time or parallel universes. I was just happy the author was able to resolve some of the things I thought were loose ends to a moderately satisfactory level. 1y
Ddzmini He should have had them also destroying the box once the arrived at their destination though don‘t you think 🤔 1y
BooksMcD True, but how could Jason know he‘s in the right place before destroying it? He‘d want to be sure since it‘s his only way out. And then at the very end, if he thought that idea wouldn‘t the rest of him also think that idea? And then he‘d probably also think of ways to stop himself from doing that. So in the end it‘s just more mess for the author to clean up that ends similarly to everything else in a way. 1y
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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“The truth is that very few understand the truth about forgiveness. It is not the culprits who need to be forgiven; rather it is the victims, because they are the ones who cause all the trouble. If they were only less weak and careless, and more foresightful, and if they would keep from blundering into difficulties, think of all the sorrow in the world that would be spared.”
————— Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood —————

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I don‘t like to review individual books of series since I weigh endings heavily, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Just when I was expecting some fantasy plot repeated for the umpteenth time, this story moved a different direction. I like when I can‘t see what a book is going to do next and I‘m excited to read the other two in this trilogy.

Quick note that I half read/half listened to this and the audio was fantastic as well.

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Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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Agatha Christie does it again! I honestly had no idea who to suspect. After reading a few of Agatha‘s books I‘ve given up trying at this point - I‘m just along for the ride. I was initially concerned by the lack of Poirot at the beginning, but I didn‘t need to worry. He makes his appearance and puts those little grey cells to work! Love her characters and suspense building. Can‘t wait to pick up another one of her books!
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RebelReader That box is gorgeous! ❤️ 1y
BooksMcD @RebelReader Thank you! It was a gift from my mum 😊 It has nothing to do with the book though, I just thought they looked pretty together. 1y
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I‘m honestly not sure what to feel about this book. I‘m glad there is a strength in Therru that can overcome everything that‘s happened. Not because she is changed or ‘fixed‘ outwardly but because she is not.

And yet, I‘m also frustrated with the book. There are so many themes here that Le Guin could‘ve written entire books about! This work simultaneously felt like a well-rounded, complete story AND also that there could never be enough of it.

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The Farthest Shore | Ursula K. Le Guin
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“Do you see how an act is not ... like a rock that one picks up and throws, and it hits or misses, and that's the end of it. When that rock is lifted, the earth is lighter; the hand that bears it heavier. When it is thrown, the circuits of the stars respond, and where it strikes or falls, the universe is changed ...

Having intelligence, we must not act in ignorance. Having choice, we must not act without responsibility.” ~ Ursula K. Le Guin

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The Tombs of Atuan | Ursula K. Le Guin
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“What she had begun to learn was the weight of liberty. Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light; but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.” ~ The Tombs of Atuan, Ursula K. Le Guin

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Name of the Rose | Umberto Eco
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I guess I‘m really into read books right now? 🤷‍♀️
Get it?! 😀 Read... like red! ❤️
SIGH. It‘s too early 😂
#SorryNotSorry
#ImBadAtPuns

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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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Perfect weather for a new reading adventure and a new drinking adventure! ☀️🌈🌸🍷

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Just enjoying a relaxing afternoon reading with my pups, Mabel and Brutus. Although there might be a nap in my near future as well! 😴

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Scorpio Races | Maggie Stiefvater
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🌊🐴 Another Stiefvater recommendation from a coworker. I just wanted something quick to get over a little reading slump I hit toward the end of March and this totally works, especially as I‘m listening to it!

I‘ll have to wait until the ending to decide what I think!

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Name of the Rose | Umberto Eco
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Uh oh! High praise from the literary, philosophical, and artistic capital of the world! 😂
#Pittsburgh
#IJokeButILoveIt
#BurghBaby4Life

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Persepolis Two | Marjane Satrapi
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One must educate oneself. - Marjane Satrapi

#DamnStraight

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The Raven Cycle started a bit slow for me, but I really enjoyed Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Book III) and The Raven King (Book IV) is super intriguing as well. So far I‘m glued, but I hope this ends well. I always put way too much weight on how books and series end.

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Playing Zelda: Ocarina of Time and reading Wizard of Earthsea makes for some pretty interesting dreams! 💙🌚🛏😴🕯🧙🏻‍♀️🏰🐴🗡🛡🗝

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This book is fantastic. Trevor Noah‘s performance of it is perfect as well. I can‘t believe his life story and I can‘t believe how much I‘m learning. I thought I hated memoirs after Wild, but Trevor Noah makes me question my decision to hate all memoirs.

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The Last Black Unicorn | Tiffany Haddish
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Some of the funniest people I‘ve ever met have been through the wringer. I‘ve always wondered if they got so funny using humor as a coping mechanism because that‘s what I did for a long time and still do occasionally when I feel awkward.

As unfortunate and difficult as some of Tiffany Haddish‘s life situations have been, I‘m glad to see she is able to work through it with humor and style and just being herself. She‘s killing it! 🖤🦄🖤🦄🖤

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The Last Olympian | Rick Riordan
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Using #Furlough2018 to catch up on YA series. Some of these I had started years ago and just got distracted by other books along the way.

Welp, nothing like the present, a crochet project, and a furlough to get me on track toward that 2018 book goal! 🎧📚📖💙
#ThankHeavenforAudiobooks

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I finally met my reading goal for the first time since 2012 when I read 46/40 books. Since then my goal has been one book per week and in 2017 I finally managed to 'read' one book per week with the help of audiobooks!

I didn‘t always count audiobooks as it‘s not technically reading, but there‘s just not enough hours in the day!

Here's to 2018 and a new book goal of 78! Hope it doesn't take me 5 years this time 😂 One down and 77 to go! 💙📚